Cardinals Win Seventh in a Row, 8-5 over Braves

Cardinals Win Seventh in a Row, 8-5 over Braves

The St. Louis Cardinals remained the hottest team in baseball notching a seventh straight win 8-5 over the Atlanta Braves in the series opener at Busch Stadium.

Brandon Phillips homered for Atlanta, which lost its fifth in a row.

The Cardinals quickly got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first on Dexter Fowler's RBI single, then tied the game 2-2 in the second when Randal Grichuk blasted his 15th home run of the season. He struck out seven and walked one.

Carlos Martinez (9-9) tossed six solid innings and also drove in a run for the Cardinals, who moved within 1/2 game of the first-place Chicago Cubs in the NL Central. Rosenthal picked up his 11th save despite giving up a two-run single to Freddie Freeman.

The eight-game run is the longest for St. Louis since the Cardinals won eight in a row April 28-May 5, 2015.

Atlanta jumped to a 2-0 lead on a bases-loaded single by Kurt Suzuki in the first.

Martinez gave up three runs over six innings on seven hits. The Redbirds built a 6-1 lead before relief pitcher Brett Cecil allowed four runs in two-thirds of an inning to cut the lead to 6-5. Fans got to take home a replica ring from the '87 championship.